Breast enhancement surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means that following the surgery, you’ll be sent home and given a list of instructions on how to care for your breasts. The following is an explanation of a few of the instructions you’ll receive:
Remove the Dressings
Roughly 24 hours after your breast augmentation surgery, you can remove the dressings previously applied by your plastic surgeon or nursing staff. However, don’t remove the skin tapes, as these help hold your incisions in place. Once the dressings have been removed, you can take a shower. Your plastic surgeon will likely recommend that you avoid soaking in the tub or lounging in sitting water, so wait until you feel well enough to stand in the shower before bathing.
Wear a Soft Bra
In most cases, your surgeon will provide you with a soft, post-surgical bra. It is very important that you don’t wear an under wire bra, as this could interfere with the results of your surgery. If your cosmetic surgeon does not supply you with a bra, he or she will give you a bandage to wear instead. You should keep this bandage wrapped snugly around you at all times except when you’re bathing. Without this support, your implants could shift, creating an unsuccessful result.
Massage the Breasts
Between one and three weeks after your breast augmentation surgery, your plastic surgeon will recommend that you begin massaging your breasts. He or she will show you techniques for proper massaging. Massaging can help prevent capsular contracture in which the tissues surrounding the new implants harden, causing an unnatural look and feel. Massaging is also used to help the implants settle into a more natural-looking position.
If you desire breast augmentation, call Dr. Michael A. Horn. Our office has perfected the breast augmentation procedure, so you’ll only receive the best care and results. Call us at (312) 202-9000 to learn more today.